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Sister Brides

Playing dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends
— Kate Spade

I don't get to model with other people often but when I do it's always a good time. I had been eyeing Betty's work for sometime so when she asked me to be apart of this shoot I eagerly said yes! You would never guess from the looks on our faces that it was so cold. I mean barely being able to feel your toes cold, but it was so worth it. We held hands, danced around, shared some laughs in the most gorgeous dresses. I don't think I'll ever get tired of playing dress up. Pretty dresses, cute hair, beautiful makeup, and the most stunning flower arrangements; I was in heaven. A one of a kind team and I am so happy to have been a part of the magic.

xoxo

Photographer: Betty Globa HMUA: Natalie Kalini Dresses: Phuong Nguyen Florist: Shelby Bond

Shop Local

Do you know where your clothes come from? That may sound like an odd question, but take a second to really think about the answer. If you answered a store name I want you to think a little deeper, before the clothes reach the rack how did they come to be?

This is not a post to judge or talk down to anyone, but more to inform. I myself shop at name brand stores, but it is something I work to change as much as possible every year. Part of that whole less is more, quality over quantity-update wardrobe kick I'm on.

Dress: $95

Melanie is a Seattle local designer who creates all of her pieces by hand. Yes, people still do that. Melanie, founder of Klad Apparel spends up to eight hours a day creating one piece of clothing by hand. Some items may take a little less or a little more time depending on the design.

A few posts ago I made a comment about Zara being one of my new places to shop. In my mind it was an upgrade from Forever21 quality, but in reality they are all the same. U.K. magazine Daily Mail did a piece on Zara in 2013 after a lawsuit was brought against the company. Employees were found working 12 hour days, and only making between $147 to $272 a month. How does that add up?

Think about the pay rate of the person who made this dress from Zara, and the cost of the dress. Now I want you to think about the cost of the material, time spent creating the pieces with prices listed from Klad Apparel- all of a sudden shopping local seems like a very reasonable option.

Dress: $85

Huffington Post did an interview in 2013 with TS Designs about manufacturing and the ins and outs of the clothing business. Based in North Carolina, TS Designs pays their employees $15 an hour- according to the Institute of Global Labor and Human Rights, an average factory worker in Bangladesh makes $0.21 an hour. Let those facts sink in for just a second. This pay rate difference is the reason TS Designs produces less clothes, but is able to keep their brand state side. Ridiculously low pay, child labor, and workers from impoverished countries are being used to create multi-billion dollar companies.

If you think this only happens overseas, you are wrong. Before I started writing this post I did a lot of reading and came across two articles by Huffington Post and Business Insider on Forever21 that changed how I looked at the company and their clothes. Before a lawsuit in 2001 many of Forever21s clothes were being made in LA, where employees complained they were being paid CENTS per item they made. Cents- I couldn't believe it, however after reading countless interviews and lawsuits, I came to the realization that this is a real problem. Little pay, unsafe, and unfair work conditions are a reality for many people who work for many different companies.

So the next time you go shopping, think of where your clothes come from and consider shopping local. I know I will.

Photographer: Angela Carlyle/ Makeup: Sable Desiree/ Hair: Shontia Delpin/ Stylist: Frilancy Makungu/ Jewlery: Lembas/ Clothing: Klad Apparel

Something old, Something new

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

They say that summer is for lovers, and I could not agree more. Here is a simple, clean summer bridal look I modeled with one of my favorite wedding photographers- Anna Peters.

My first bridal shoot happened in Seattle last fall; nearly five styled shoots later I've found what I love to do more than anything- play fake bride. It might sound a little weird, but it's so much fun.

There are many different "genres" of modeling: avant garde, commercial, bridal, fitness, alternative, boudoir. I have been able to do a few different styles, but bridal has always been the easiest for me to model. Modeling is essentially like acting, and playing the part of bride has always come easily for me.

People rarely know about the not-so-glamorous sides of modeling because it is rarely discussed. As we were taking photos in the middle of a field we were nearly bitten to death by mosquitoes (minor exaggeration), but boy were the bugs bad that day. However, as always, the end result is always worth it.

Until next time :)

Photographer: Anna Peters /Makeup: Sable Desiree/ Hair: Shontia Delpin/ Dress: Claire Pettibone

I Do

Like many girls, I have dreamed about my wedding day since I was a little girl. I've thought of the dress I'd wear, what the venue would be like, the flavor of the cake...pretty much anything and everything that goes into a couples' "big day".

It wasn't until I moved to Seattle that I truly discovered a different part of modeling- bridal! Lora Grady contacted me wanting to see if I would be interested in taking part in a bridal project with her and her team. When she first approached me I had no clue what to expect; however, when she sent over inspiration photos of what she was hoping to capture I was excited to take part in a project like this for the first time. On the short spectrum you have a photo with a female model wearing a bridal dress, possibly holding some flowers. The other side of the spectrum is a little more complex involving a full team: photographer, hair, makeup, designer, florist, calligraphist, etc. 

I arrived to the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Seattle on an early Saturday morning. Started the day with getting my hair and makeup done. As makeup and hair was underway, wedding planner- Tamara Nicole started setting up the banquet room with different props, and figuring out what backdrops were to be used that day. I had two different wedding dresses to photograph, and so began the project. We took photos inside the hotel, venturing to the sidewalks circling the area, there were even two little girls playing flowers girls and a handsome male model playing groom for the day. No, I did not have my bridal moment, but it was a fun experience imagining what my wedding day could be like. That was the start of something new for me. If you like what you see here, go take a peek at the Bridal section on my website. Needless to say, this is now one of my favorite styles to shoot.

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Photographer: Lora Grady Photography /Dress: Luly Yang Couture /HMUA: Yessie Libby  /Styling:  Tamara Nicole /Florist: Sal Floral Design